On the advice of friends who are Stephenson fans, I was happy for a nearly 40 hour fictional listen... Unfortunately, having just read several William Gibson titles and Ready Player One, this book fell WELL BELOW expectations. I also had trouble fitting it into any pre-concieved notions of Genre. (If this was a thriller would I really be bored??)
The characters were interesting, and I cared about their sucess -- but descriptions, and convoluted plots just took way too long to develop.
I was tempted to bang my head into walls while characters clearly missed vital clues which seemed perfectly obvious to me as the reader.
This book is a beautiful second book in the Fever Crumb series. Beautifully written with mystery, surprising twists and just a dash of romance. A sweet coming of age story in its own way.
Except for the ending.
After many hours of enjoyable listening, I was dismayed by the ending. I was simply unprepared for the book to end so abruptly. In my opinion the ending was a shocking and unwanted twist for these well developed and lovable characters. Hopefully there is a third book.
Having never read/listened to this story prior to this version, I enjoyed it very much and just assumed it was one of the shorter Heyer novels. I just wished it was longer... only to find out that it could have been. This abridged version is good, and works as a story, so maybe its for the best. I love Richard's voice, and i could listen to him read for days on end. So I've listen to him read this story at least 3 times. It is very very sad that it's abridged. Buy it anyway, its a good listen.
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